10 doctors weighed in:

Will a tooth infection kill me?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
7 doctors agree

In brief: It can

It can spread bacteria to the heart and cause the valves to malfunction.
One scary case i had started as a tooth abscess. It progressed to such an infection that the airway was almost completely obstructed. The patient needed a difficult awake tracheostomy placed. Plus tooth abscess hurts a lot. Best see a dentist.

In brief: It can

It can spread bacteria to the heart and cause the valves to malfunction.
One scary case i had started as a tooth abscess. It progressed to such an infection that the airway was almost completely obstructed. The patient needed a difficult awake tracheostomy placed. Plus tooth abscess hurts a lot. Best see a dentist.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
Thank
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: It potentially can

Unless treated properly and quickly.

In brief: It potentially can

Unless treated properly and quickly.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Thank
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not all the time

Most tooth infections are self limited.
There are cases still, where the infection spreads in the blood stream causing sepsis, infection invades important blood vessels leading to the brain that indirectly can cause death. If you have a suspicion for a tooth infection see a dentist asap.

In brief: Not all the time

Most tooth infections are self limited.
There are cases still, where the infection spreads in the blood stream causing sepsis, infection invades important blood vessels leading to the brain that indirectly can cause death. If you have a suspicion for a tooth infection see a dentist asap.
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified,
24 years in practice
67M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors